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Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

1960 Notable

From 1960-2013, we prepared nearly 1,200 men and women
for rewarding academic careers ó thatís more than any other university.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you offer Spring Admissions?

No. We only offer admissions once a year, for Fall.  Deadline for applications for priority processing is December 1st.   

Do you offer a part-time PhD degree?

No. We only offer a full-time degree. 

Do you offer any financial aid? 

Yes.  All the admitted students, if they apply for financial aid, are offered financial aid, which consists of tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance.  The stipend (actually, a research or teaching assistantship) is sufficient for most single doctoral students to live in Bloomington, and the current level is $20,000 per year.      

I am an international applicant, but have a degree from a U.S. institution.  Am I required to take the TOEFL test? 

Yes.  All international applicants (i.e., not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.) are required to submit their TOEFL scores.  There are no exceptions to this rule. 

What are the minimum TOEFL scores? 

The minimum TOEFL score we accept is 630 on paper-based test; 267 on computer-based test; or 80 on the Internet-based test. 

What are the minimum GRE or GMAT scores?

The minimum GMAT score is 600 for the PhD program in general.   For admissions to the OM/DS program, however, we expect you to have high scores in the quantitative portion of either GMAT or GRE exam (above the 85-th percentile, but hopefully higher), and good scores on the verbal and written portions. 

Can you look over my C.V. and assess my chances of admissions?

Admissions are competitive.  In OM/DS we typically admit two students per year, whereas for IS it varies between one and two students per year.  

For the OM/DS program, we take into account test scores (GMAT and/or GRE), undergrad major, whether the student has a masters’ degree in a related area (not a requirement but a plus), GPA (especially grades in the quantitative courses), letters of recommendation, and the individual written statement, in addition to demonstrated proficiency in English.  The OM/DS degree has a significant analytics component, so successful applicants are likely to have a significant quantitative background, with degrees in such fields as engineering, math, physics, computer science, or even a rigorous economics or business degree from a top institution.  Admissions are made by a committee of faculty members, and as a result it is very difficult for us to make an assessment of an applicant’s chances of admissions before they apply, because that application has to be compared against other applications in the pool. 

 For the IS program, we take into account test scores (GMAT and/or GRE; our students usually have scores in the 90th percentile), whether the student has a masters’ degree in a related area (not a requirement but a plus), GPA, letters of recommendation, and the individual written statement, in addition to demonstrated proficiency in English. Prior experience with research, teaching and/or professional work is a definite plus, but not necessary. Admissions are made by a committee of faculty members, and as a result it is very difficult for us to make an assessment of an applicant’s chances of admissions before they apply, because that application has to be compared against other applications in the pool.